Alliance pleased with performance despite sharp profit drop

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One-off costs including retrospective payments to workers have pulled the meat processor Alliance’s profit before tax down to $7.5 million.

This compares with a $20.7m profit before tax in 2019. But before adjusting for one-off events, the farmer-owned co-operative made an underlying profit of $27.4m for the year ended September 2020.

Alliance Group chair Murray Taggart said it was a credible performance for the company given the disruption and volatility in global markets as a result of Covid-19.

“The co-operative has faced challenges on many fronts. Like many businesses, we have been impacted by the pandemic, however, our farmers also experienced extreme weather including drought, snow and flooding in parts of the country and difficult growing conditions.

“These on farm challenges also flowed through to the co-operative.”

Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor said the company’s response to the challenges was pleasing. He said Covid-19 also impacted on the co-operative’s processing operations with new operating protocols limiting capacity for farmers.

“We acknowledge and thank our farmers and livestock team for the support in managing through this period when farmers needed to have their livestock processed under restricted conditions.”

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